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Another Hurdle that I WILL get through

Monday, October 22, 2012

This has been my first time back on Sparkpeople for a few months. I was having what I thought was a pretty good summer from a fitness perspective and was once again active and interacting with my Spark friends...........and THEN....

For those wondering what happened...i will briefly explain. I began having some pain in my lower back. The pain initially was not that bad, but progressively got worse. It began to move down my left leg and then I could notice my left leg was experiencing weakness. It worsen to the point that I found myself in the ER and then with an appointment with my Primary Care doc.......0nly to be referred to a neurosurgeon once the MRI was reviewed.

A herniated disk was the diagnosis.....the docs have been surprised that I was doing the things I was doing. They gave me two options...an epidural shot or surgery. My first thought was to at least TRY to epidural, but mind you, this came to me, the day before news broke of the epidural/meningitis outbreak. They said it is safe, but I was still unsure about that one. Add that to the fact that I have spoke with several of my friends that are docs and chiropractors and the surgery is basically inevitable........THUS..I will be having surgery in 3 weeks.

I understand completely that back injuries and recovery are very dependent on strength of your trunk(back AND stomach) muscles. I also want to be as light as possible for continued recovery. The wife and I laid out a plan starting today that will move throughout my recovery. This pain has been rough the last few months, so I am somewhat nervous, but look forward to some relief and getting back to the gym!

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JUSTFOCUS 10/24/2012 11:58AM

    ORANGE81 - Thanks for the information and sharing your own story. I was going to put off the surgery as well, but felt honestly it was inevitable, so I decided to attack it head on. I have a habit of over doing it, but plan on being patient in the recovery and will focus more on the eating. and DEFINITELY thank you for the prayers?

Baby_Girl69 - was I really missed? awww...LOL. I missed you too and I am SURE you have not been slipping! And you better get ready, b/c once this surgery is over..its full throttle. I know feel like this is more of a NEED than a WANT...this is my LIFE and that may sound extreme, but thats how I am looking at it to motivate myself. Thanks for the well wishes!!


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BABY_GIRL69 10/22/2012 9:14PM

    WOW! It's been a long time...I hope you get well really soon, I have missed you as part of my inspiration! You don't know how much?! YIKES! I've been slip slipping....

God bless & take your time....

Dee

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ORANGE81 10/22/2012 6:54PM

    Let me say from been there 2x's a plan is a great start. I continued to work before,after and during the shots and up till surgery. I had to put off 2nd surgery because I couldn't afford a leave of absence I needed to wait for the family leave to kick in so I made the nerve damage so bad the doctor's aren't sure if it will ever go away so I am glad to hear you aren't waiting. But I can take back pain and keep on going but having my teeth cleaned I am crying and hanging on the dentist's chair for life. lol. But I learned after surgery I had spinal stenosis and this time a got a rod. I wont be pain free and the rod has it's own pain. But the biggest thing to remember is don't push it with the recovery and for me sitting home for over 3 months with a brace I got depressed and ate and took short walks but I really over ate and ate while home alone. I wish I had a plan.Keep in touch with others here too. I feel for you and will say a prayer I wish you all the best. Get some help with tying the shoes when you first get home LOL emoticon

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